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WHS theater department offers seven shows; tickets available online

A small but talented cast will bring “Little Women: The Musical” to the Wilsonville High School stage for seven shows, starting Oct. 10.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VERN UYETAKE - In the play, four sisters form a bond with their neighbor, Laurie. From left: Angela Garrett, Madison Pintar, Rachel Hawkins, Hayley Rouselle and Aaron Gilbert.Adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved semi-autobiographical novel, the production stars WHS senior Madison Pintar as aspiring author Jo March, the second of four sisters living in Concord, Mass., in the 1860s. The musical made its debut on Broadway in 2005.

Senior Aaron Gilbert stars opposite Pintar as Theodore “Laurie” Laurence, whose romantic attention Jo seeks to discourage. The March family also includes Jo’s sisters: romantic Meg, played by senior Rachel Hawkins; sweet Beth, played by junior Angela Garrett; and artistic Amy, played by junior Hayley Rousselle. Senior Paige Peterson plays the girls’ wise and caring mother, Marmee. The play is directed by WHS drama teacher Jason Katz, who cast the play at the end of the last school year.

“Most people know the book,” Pintar said. “I feel like it’s a different interpretation through music.”

“This summer (Katz) asked us to explore ‘Little Women’ through the book or movie,” Gilbert said. “That’s the great thing about ‘Little Women.’ It’s been passed through the years and now it’s a musical.”by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VERN UYETAKE - One of the cast's favorite songs is 'Five Forever.'

The music is what first attracted Katz to the play.

“I really liked the music,” he said. “The songs have a contemporary Broadway feel to them. I kind of compare it to ‘Wicked’ — big numbers that require singers with big pipes. ... We have a lot of amazingly talented girls right now, so this show was a perfect fit.”

This is Katz’s first time directing “Little Women.”

“I didn’t really know how I would feel about the finished product, but I am very proud of it,” he said. “I think that because it is a drama about real people, it is allowing the actors to explore emotional ranges on stage in a way that’s unusual for a musical.”

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VERN UYETAKE - From left, Hayley Rousselle, Rachel Hawkins, Aaron Gilbert and Madison Pintar star in Wilsonville High Schools production of 'Little Women: the Musical.'In another deviation from the norm for musicals, the production has a relatively small cast, including a chorus of only 10.

“’Little Women’ is a smaller show with a more intimate, homey feel,” Katz said. “That said, there is one big chorus number in this show, ‘Weekly Volcano Press,’ and it features hags, trolls, a knight and swordplay, which isn’t very homey, but it is a lot of fun.”

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VERN UYETAKE - Playing the March sisters neighbor, Laurie, Aaron Gilbert rises in the air during a dance number.“Little Women: The Musical” will run in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium Oct. 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 and 19 at 7 p.m. A matinee will be presented on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

For more information or to order tickets, visit wildcatdrama.com.

Kate Hoots can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 112.

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